Circumnavigate the IslandRide around Richmond's main island on this 47.5 km route by starting in Terra Nova and heading east along the Middle Arm Recreational Trail and River Road. Taking River Road, continue travelling east along the North Arm of the Fraser River past log booms and river activities towards Richmond's agricultural landscape.
Continue the loop by heading south through seasonal cranberry fields along No. 7 Road. As you continue south through Richmond's interior recreational trails, you will experience the rural, tree-lined trails of Shell Road and Horseshoe Slough Recreational Trail. The southern most point of these interior trail routes connects with the South Dyke Recreational Trail. Begin riding west towards Steveston along the South Arm of the Fraser River and view wildlife, the river, marshes and heritage sites along the way.
The return leg home to Terra Nova begins at Garry Point Park and the southern end of the West Dyke Recreational Trail. Ride the West Dyke north past Sturgeon Banks and spectacular, panoramic views of the Gulf Islands, Coastal Mountains and the Strait of Georgia.
This "round-trip" tour of Richmond will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes of continuous cycling time. Consider adding some leisure time to your route and enjoy the areas you cycle through by picnicking along a waterfront / recreational trail or visiting a heritage site.
Printable Route Map - Scenic Route No. 8
Points of Interest
One of the most popular sections of Richmond Recreational Trail System is the West Dyke.
Located adjacent to Sturgeon Banks, the West Dyke offers some of the most spectacular views of the North Shore and Coastal Mountains to be found in Richmond. There are panoramic views to the west of the ocean, Gulf Islands and estuary, with views to the north of the Coastal Mountains and Vancouver International Airport. This is the ideal place for watching a late summer sunset, or early morning sunrise while walking or cycling the trail.
Sturgeon Banks is a 21,525 acre estuary located on the banks of the Fraser River and Strait of Georgia. It is an important part of the Pacific Flyway, with 1.4 million birds migrating through the area annually and provides excellent habitat for nesting birds. The long expanse of marsh that makes up Sturgeon Banks runs from Terra Nova in the north to Garry Point Park in the south, it is adjacent to the West Dyke Recreational Trail and extends west out into the Strait of Georgia. Visit this area often as the seasons change to view the landscape's transformation from lush, green marsh grasses to its sepia, honey toned winter colour and flocks of Snow Geese.
Terra Nova Rural Park and Natural Area
One hundred years ago, Terra Nova, situated on the northwest corner of Lulu Island, was a rural farming and fishing community. The flavour of old, the sights, the salt tang of the sea and the sounds of wildlife have been preserved in two very special but different parks sites totalling over 100 acres.
Terra Nova Natural Area
Terra Nova Natural Area comprises 35 acres of old field grassland habitat with a perimeter trail and wildlife viewing platforms. The land was restored as a natural area in the 1990s and is a valuable conservation area that provides habitat and food to a variety of wildlife including owls, eagles, hawks, herons, snow geese, coyotes and raccoons. For more information, visit the Terra Nova Natural Area page.
Terra Nova Rural Park
This 65 acre award-winning park shines amidst the natural beauty of estuary habitat, just minutes from the busy city centre. Terra Nova Rural Park has been specifically preserved to highlight its natural surroundings in a unique rural landscape, balancing heritage, wildlife conservation and recreational uses. For more information visit the Terra Nova Rural Park page.
Please note: to protect this ecologically sensitive area, no dogs are permitted in Terra Nova Rural Park and dogs must be on leash in Terra Nova Natural Area.
Garry Point Park
Garry Point Park offers some of the best views of the Fraser River and Gulf Islands. From virtually anywhere in this wide-open park you can experience fantastic summer sunsets, watch commercial fishing and transport vessels on the working Fraser River, and see a variety of wildlife including shore birds and jumping salmon in the River. Stroll the perimeter trail to see Scotch Pond Historic Moorage site, the south end of Sturgeon Banks and sandy beaches with picnic areas to the south side of the park.
The park's proximity to Steveston Village makes it an easy stroll from the beach to the Village for lunch or dinner, or simply grab a bite at the park concession stand (open until dusk from late spring until early fall). For more information, visit the Garry Point Park page.
Imperial Landing Waterfront Park
Situated immediately east of Steveston Village on the historic BC Packers site, the Imperial Landing Recreational Trail and Park is an important link between the commercial Village, residential area and the waterfront. This accessible waterfront is one of the most popular areas in Richmond! Historic components in the park and along the trail offer an informative, scenic look back at the site's history as a fish packing plant.
For more information, visit the Imperial Landing page.
Britannia Heritage Shipyard
Over 8 acres of a historic waterfront park with turn-of-the-century cannery residences, boat works, shipyard, boardwalk, marsh view and Murikami Visitor Centre. Self-guided tours, brochures, seasonal exhibits, gift shop, washrooms and parking available. For more information, please see Britannia Heritage Shipyard.
A 4 acre restored circa 1906 farmhouse with a barn, gardens and displays situated across the road from sandy beaches and marshes. Saturday and Sunday afternoon tea served. Washrooms, picnic tables and parking available.
Riverport Entertainment Complex
A popular destination for entertainment and City operated recreational facilities such as the Watermania Aquatic Complex and Richmond Ice Centre. Future trails are being developed east of this site.
Dyke Road / Fraserwood Recreational Trail
Walk or cycle past marina, houseboats, river industries, islands and woodlots. Limited sidewalks in this area. Exercise caution.